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Unpaid GMB workers threaten to stage sit-in


GRAIN Marketing Board (GMB) employees have threatened to stage a sit-in at their head office today demanding their outstanding salaries for the past six months.


In an internal memo seen by NewsDay, addressed to the deputy general manager for human resources from the workers’ union, dated February 16, the employees said they had met and resolved to go to the head office to demand their unpaid salaries.

“Following the lapsing of the ultimatum given to management to clear our outstanding salaries, a union meeting was held on 13 February 2015 and resolutions came,” read the memo signed by GMB workers’ union secretary-general David Chigogo.

“All GMB employees are to convene at GMB head office on Wednesday the 18th of February 2015 to collect our salaries. We shall leave the place only when we have been paid our salaries.”

The employees said it was gloomy at their homes as they were failing to cater for essentials due to the non-payment of salaries. “We are not able to cater for our families anymore, we have no money for rent, school fees, food, transport and that is why we are coming there for our money,” the memo reads.

“Please note this is not an industrial action or a demonstration, we are just coming to collect our money like what others did.”

The threatened sit-in follows a seven-day ultimatum given to GMB by their workers to clear outstanding salaries.

GMB has been battling to pay its employees for the past year.

The parastatal also owes farmers $52,4 million for the grain delivered in the 2013/2014 summer cropping season.

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